There is a major sense of romantic anticipation in the air this month, one that won't come to fruition until early next month, yet will grow stronger as the month progresses. To start with, you'll be happy to leave 2016 behind. For despite the fact that you will move into the New Year with lucky Jupiter in your relationship sector, bringing you to the start of your most important relationship year in over a decade, the last two weeks of 2016 are likely to have been particularly tough. An opposition between Jupiter and Uranus, in his final days in retrograde motion in Aries, is likely to have seen personal and/or relationship tensions come to a head in the final 11 days of January. Yet while those tensions are still easing and will take several weeks to ease back completely, on the other side you're able to see this for what it was, a demand to balance your personal and relationship needs. With Jupiter slowing down ahead of his retrograde turn in early February, this major relationship year will bring a call to take things slowly, with a chance to process the wakeup calls the final days of 2016 brought to a head. It is the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 18th January to the 20th January that will evoke the emotional responses needed to get to the heart of everything that had come to a head over the previous four weeks. As his first visit for the year and last before a retrograde phase begins, this visit will be more about simply paying attention to what your emotional responses are telling you. It is the Moon's first visit to your romantic sector for the year, from the 13th January to the 15th January that will tap into both a sense of romantic nostalgia and anticipation. Something is building, but all will be revealed early next month.
To start with there will be little sign of help from either the professional or money gods and every indication that the professional forces that had ridden roughshod over Christmas, would continue to claim your full attention this month as well. However, things will start to shift in the early days of the month and while there is no way that you'll lose the professional advantage you begin the year with, it does start to lose its stronghold. Matters of the heart get a boost with Venus, planet of love's return to a social and serendipitous part of your chart on the 3rd January, where she will remain until early next month. Bringing the laws of attraction and synchronicity in play, Venus' only visit this year is likely to trigger some of the most serendipitous weeks of 2017, with fate working hard in these early weeks to put you in the right place at the right time. Because Venus will return for a double dip visit in April, it could be that events this month won't be fully appreciated until then, with fate working in disguise. It is during this time that the Moon will make its first visits to both your romantic and your relationship sectors for the year. Moving through your romantic sector from the 15th January to the 18th January and through your relationship sector from the 20th January to the 22nd January, neither visit is likely to reveal anything you don't already know and are more likely to confirm the desires and expectations you moved into the year with. With no challenges on either front, this is more a chance to listen to what your emotional responses are telling you and the whispers from the love and relationship gods during that time.
While Jupiter has been in your romantic sector since September, there is something about starting the year with the planet of luck on board that changes everything. This is even likely to put the wakeup calls delivered during the final 10 days of 2016 into perspective, appreciating that you needed those wakeup calls as you move into what is destined to be your luckiest year for love in over a decade. With Saturn in his third and final year in your relationship sector, this is also destined to be a major and defining relationship year, with a sense of awe and reverence on both fronts. With plenty of lessons to be learned from the past, the early weeks of 2017 are more about reflecting back, while prepared to commit to a new phase in the journey. The Moon's first visit to your romantic sector for the year will be a chance to connect with Jupiter and on the other side of what may have been a tough transition from one year to the next, regroup. Whatever the wakeup calls in the final weeks of 2016, the Moon's return to your romantic sector from the 18th January to the 20th January will bring a chance to commit to new resolutions, just weeks before the doors open to the past and second chances on the 6th February. While you moved into the New Year with a clear sense of relationship conviction, Mercury will retrograde back in for a double dip visit from the 5th January to the 13th January, with a rare opportunity for a do over. In retrograde motion until the 8th January, this will bring a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. By the time the Moon returns to make its first visit to your relationship sector for the year, from the 22nd January to the 25th January, you should have a clear sense of what you're committing to.
The focus will always be on your relationships at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of every year in your relationship sector. However, it was the Moon's visit to your romantic sector over Christmas that has left you with an unshakeable sense of romantic confidence, something the Moon's visit from the 25th January to the 27th January is likely to reinforce. This has nothing to do with where things stand on the romantic front now and is more a sense that 2017 is destined to be a lucky year for love. While this won't be revealed until later in the year, this is something your gut and your heart will be telling you from the get go. In the meantime, until the Sun leaves your relationship sector on the 20th January the solar spotlight will remain on your relationships, as is the case at this time every year. However, with so much water having already passed under the bridge in the final three months of 2016, you'll begin the year with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you from the get go. A New Moon at the end of December has even given you a chance to commit to your relationships and the journey ahead. Yet with Mercury in retrograde motion until the 5th January there is still some unfinished business, especially when it comes to giving your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. Mercury will retrograde back out on the 5th January, returning on the 13th January to start over from scratch, this time working to give your relationships a voice through to leaving on the 7th February, just over two months after first arriving in early November. It is then that the real journey begins.
While it is not unheard of to start the year with Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships in your relationship sector, it is unusual for her to have already been here for so long or for Mars to have recently moved through. While Mars left just before Christmas, between them the planets of passion and love give you a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and of what you're fighting for from the get go. With the your annual relationship review not kicking off until the Sun returns on the 20th January, to begin with this is all about the 'what' and not the 'when, where and how'. Once Venus leaves your relationship sector on the 3rd January she won't return until 2018 and spending less than 72 hours of 2017 here, those first few days are vital for listening to your heart. Regardless of whether you are single, in a relationship or between relationships, this has to be all about listening to your heart and knowing what you want. The Sun returns 17 days later bringing you to a point where you can start getting real. With the Sun not leaving until later next month and Mercury, planet of communication not even returning until early February, there will be plenty of time to figure out the 'when, where and how' when they're on board. Meanwhile, a New Moon in your relationship sector on the 28th January will bring a chance to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead. Just two days after Venus' departure from your relationship sector the love gods have a special surprise, with Mercury retrograding back into your romantic sector for a short double dip visit from the 5th January to the 13th January. In retrograde motion until the 8th January, a month after leaving Mercury will be back, holding the doors open to the past and second chances.
It is hard to imagine a more impassioned start to the year, with the relationship gods giving you a dream start to the year. Considering the challenges of the past few years, they must figure that they owe you one. For you will not only move into the New Year with Mars and Neptune, the planets of passion and dreams in your relationship sector, but aligned. An alignment that began on New Year's Eve and will run until the 2nd January, allows you to start the year with your confidence high, your dreams and passions aligned and the means to fight for what you want. This is no false hope, for with Mars not leaving until the 28th January and Venus returning on the 3rd January, the planet of love and guardian of your relationships will soon join this powerful mix. Having spent the last few years dealing with balance issues between your personal and relationship needs, you're in a unique position to know what you want from your relationships and what they need from you from the get go. The year will also begin with the Sun in your romantic sector, as is the case every year, but until he retrogrades back out on the 5th January you also have Mercury holding the doors open to the past and second chances. While the Sun will leave on the 20th January, with Mercury returning on the 13th January and not due to leave until early next month, he'll keep the romantic torch burning. While this gives both matters of the heart and your relationships a head start, there is support for both journeys to continue throughout 2017 and beyond. What you have in the early weeks of the year, is a chance to decide what course those journeys will take.
You won't need to venture far into the year to not only sense that the personal and/or relationship tensions that came to a head in the lead up to Christmas have not only eased back, but have in fact been a blessing in disguise. Ever since Jupiter returned to Libra in September, a new period of personal growth has put pressure on your relationships, something that finally came to a head over Christmas. Yet this is when support from Saturn, in his final year in your communication sector, already came to a head. Whether single, in a relationship or between relationships there is likely to be a sense that a breakthrough has been made, a corner turned or you're simply more aware of a need for balance. This has cleared the way for something special, something that will begin with Mars' return to your relationship sector on the 28th January, but will escalate with Venus' return early next month. This is the start of a major relationship comeback, turnaround or the start of something special. However, the most urgent thing you can do when moving into the New Year is holding onto and embracing your romantic desires and expectations. While you will move into the year with the Moon and Venus in your romantic sector, once Venus leaves on the 3rd January she won't return until 2018. This makes listening to your heart and embracing the romantic spirit in the early days of the week essential. While the Sun will return on the 20th January and Mercury early next month, they will follow in Venus' footsteps.
2017 literally gets off to a dream start as far as matters of the heart and all things romantic are concerned. Whether you have yet to experience it yet or not, the romantic drought ended with Mars' return to your romantic sector just before Christmas, but as you move into the New Year this will really hit home. For you will not only move into the New Year with Mars and Neptune, the planets of passion and dreams in your romantic sector, but aligned from New Year's Eve to the 2nd January. If that doesn't fit the definition of a dream start, then nothing will. This is one year when this dream start is anything but an illusion, for with Venus returning on the 3rd January, spending a month rather than her normal 24 to 26 days and then returning in April for a double dip visit, the love gods have every intention on delivering on their promise. Regardless of where things stand on the romantic front on Day 1, trust that the love gods are committed from the get go and will remain committed for the first four months of 2017. The Moon will move through your romantic sector from the 2nd January to the 5th January and again from the 30th January to the 1st February. With Venus arriving during the Moon's first visit and still here by the time it comes full circle, it is a sign that something special is developing, for they will only meet up here once a year, if that. Compared to matters of the heart, your only chance to focus on your relationships will be during the Moon's first visit to your relationship sector for the year, from the 7th January to the 9th January.
There was little chance of hitting the snooze button when matters of the heart woke up from a five month hibernation late last month, with romantic forces receiving a mix of support and pressure in the final two weeks of 2016. It was Uranus' direct turn in your romantic sector on the 29th December that saw the tide turn, but this time with no snooze button to push. The love gods have some special things planned this year and while the real implications will kick in with Venus' return to your romantic sector early next month, things will start developing with Mars' return on the 28th January. This will be Mars' first visit to your romantic sector in nearly two years and with Venus returning early next month but not due to leave until early June, it's no wonder you received so many wakeup calls in the final weeks of 2016. The Moon's first visit to your romantic sector for the year will be the first since the tide turned, but also the last before Mars returns to fire up your romantic passions and fighting spirit. Moving through from the 5th January to the 7th January, these romantically charged lunar vibes will be the bridge from the past to the future. The doors to the past closed late last month, but new romantic developments won't kick off until Mars' return on the 28th January, with these romantically charged lunar vibes the bridge between the two. Yet from the get go you'll move into the month and the year with a new sense of romantic confidence, one that doesn't make sense if you look back, but does if you look forward. This calls for some blind leaps of faith and a lot of trust in the love gods. Coming full circle from last month's Full Moon in your relationship sector, the Moon's first visit for the year will give a brief chance to focus on relationship matters from the 9th January to the 11th January.
While your birthday month won't run its course until the 20th January, even before it began you had a clear sense of what you want from love and your relationships. Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships left Capricorn in early December and not due to return until Christmas Day, she won't return until the final week of 2017, too late in the year to make any real impact. It was the Moon's last visits to your romantic and relationship sectors for the year that gave you a chance to confirm that. This allowed you to form your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for 2017 from Day 1, but it also makes the Moon's last visit for the year a lot more important. Moving through your romantic sector from the 7th January to the 9th January, the first romantically charged lunar vibes of 2017 will speak directly to the romantic desires and expectations Venus left you with, most likely confirming what you already know. It is the Moon's first visit to your relationship sector for the year that is especially timely, for moving through from the 11th January to the 13th January this will fuel your emotional responses and even push some buttons, because that's what it's supposed to do. However, with Venus not only returning to your communication sector on the 3rd January, but teaming up with Mars, the planets of love and passion will be on hand to give your emotional responses and relationships a voice. With communication the key to keeping your relationships on track while this is being supported all month, the most important days will be while the Moon is stirring your emotional responses to relationship matters, from the 11th January to the 13th January.
While you will move into the year with Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships in Aquarius, she will leave on the 3rd January and then won't return until 2018. While spending less than 72 hours of 2017 in Aquarius might sound like a raw deal, she has been here since early December, spending the final weeks of 2016 fuelling your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year. However, this makes it important to listen to and trust your heart from the get go. By the time the Moon makes its first visits to your romantic and relationship sectors for the year Venus will be gone, but like a bell that can't be unrung, her romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year will have been banked, pointing both in the right direction from the get go. Because Venus was in Aquarius during the Moon's last visits to your romantic and relationship sectors for 2016, when they come full circle they will return with a reminder of those desires and expectations, making these the most important days of the month for romantic and relationship matters. The Moon will move through your romantic sector from the 9th January to the 11th January and coming full circle from last month's Full Moon, it will be impossible to ignore these romantically charged lunar vibes. Often what is triggered on a Full Moon doesn't come to fruition until the Moon comes full circle and with Venus leaving Aquarius just six days earlier, this could trigger some unexpected romantic developments. The Moon will make its first visit to your relationship sector for the year from the 13th January to the 15th January, bringing a reminder of what you want from your relationships expectations you moved into the year with.
Make sure you have an umbrella handy, for the romantic drought is breaking this way and in a spectacular way, with what follows set to be a deluge. Yet the biggest surprise isn't that you've waited for so long for the romantic drought to break, but that it is breaking so early in the year. It begins with Venus, planet of love's return to Pisces on the 3rd January, the earliest she has returned in your lifetime. The previous record was the 4th January and while 24 hours doesn't sound like much, this has consequences. There are laws governing how far ahead of the Sun the planet of love can get without being pulled back and she reaches that limit in the early days of the year. Instead of moving through in just 24 days, Venus will spend a month in Pisces before leaving early next month, but will return for a double dip visit in April. All she will do is put things on hold early next month, promising that she will return to finish what she started. If this was all then that would be more than enough, for to have Venus spend all but the first 72 hours of the month at your side, is a huge opportunity to start the year with the love gods holding your hand. However, the love gods go a step further, with the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 11th January the 13th January creating 2017's first Full Moon. It has been eight years since you last had a Lover's Moon while Venus was in Pisces, together able to jump start matters of the heart. With so much focus on your relationships over the past few years, they have reached a point where as long as things remain on track it is matters of the heart and all things romantic that deserve their turn.